Before he became one of the biggest artists on the planet, Aubrey “Drake” Graham was just a kid from Toronto with a dream and a mixtape.
Now 10 years after the release of So Far Gone on Feb. 13, 2009, the Grammy-winning rapper looks back on the project that launched his career by releasing it in its original form to streaming services for the first time.
The 18 tracks include the hits “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful,” as well as fan favorites like “Houstatlantavegas” and the Kanye West-sampled “Say What’s Real.” In addition to production from Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, guests include Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Lloyd, Omarion, Santigold, and Bun B.
“The title has a lot of meanings—as the way we carry ourselves, the way we dress, the way people view us, not to sound cocky, it’s just that feeling that we’re just distanced in a good way,” Drake told Complex in a 2009 interview. “You’re just elevating past the bullshit and past all the shit that you used to be a part of and you’re not that proud of, you’re just so far gone.”
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Taking to Instagram, Drake thanked those involved in the project, which Pitchfork called “one of the most compulsively listenable mixtapes” of 2009.
So Far Gone was released as a 9-track EP in September 2009, but now its available in its entirety for the first time. Celebrate the 10th anniversary by streaming it below.